Lighting Design

Lighting design is by far one of the most important elements in a home update, renovation, or new build. Don’t let lighting be something that you just grab during a panic attack because your electrician needed it yesterday! Don’t do it. Plan for all of your lighting in the beginning of your project.

Your electrician is going to ask you what type of light will be used in every single space during the framing phase of a construction project. They need to know the type of fixture you will want installed. Is it a ceiling fan with or without a light, a semi-flush mount, flush mount, pendant, chandelier, sconce, recessed…and on and on. Then, your electrician will need to know the location of light switches and which require dimmers…and on and on.

You then need to consider if any rooms require floor outlets – and that you may only know if you know your space plan and furniture layout. Oh, and then there’s the location of cables, phones, speakers…. It’s a lot! I shared the importance of planning in this post (here).

Back to lighting.

I planned out the lighting needs in our renovation when the project first began. This does not mean I chose the exact fixtures but I did have some clear idea of what was needed and what I liked. Lighting makes a space and can set the style in your home.

The wow factor when you walk in my home is our entry chandelier illuminating the barrel ceiling-which we added and love.

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The lighting choices in our open living space work together in my transitional style but have different finishes and interest. Here’s a glimpse of some of our lighting.

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I won’t leave you hanging on this topic because there is so much more! I happen to LOVE lighting and what it does to a space. It’s magic! If you need help with your project I offer a Renovation Rescue service along with my other services, here.

I’d love to help you Love the Space You’re In! Email Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com

 

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Avoid costly renovating mistakes

Avoid costly renovating mistakes by taking time to plan and get educated. Have you ever bought a piece of furniture only to later feel that the comfort, size, or style was completely wrong? Hiring a designer can SAVE you (necessary plug!)  This may be a costly mistake but one that will  pass fairly quickly. Now, what if you knocked down a wall or had tile installed and the color was all wrong? That’s one you may have to live with longer… or permanently if you’ve opened up a space you now regret.

Ask yourself LOTS OF QUESTIONS. How do you want the space to function? How do you want to move throughout the space? What does the home lack for your lifestyle? What will you miss if you remove that closet or select a pedestal sink with no storage? Where’s your stuff going to hide?

Consider the entire home even if you are changing a smaller space.

Before you make a big change to your space find out if it’s good for the value of the house. Ask a really good local realtor that knows your hood.

In my own home I chose to take a large formal living room and turn it into a small study in order to gain closet space in the master bedroom. (This picture was take when I was first unpacking)

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I absolutely love this space-the detail, richness, and size make it usable and very inviting. In addition, I now have ample storage for my things in the master.

 

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Don’t make costly mistakes. Know what things cost and ask experts. I’d love to help with your renovation rescue. There are so many options out there that selecting can be overwhelming. Email Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com and follow me on Instagram at JulieMInteriors. Go to JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com for more

 

 

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Building a House

Building a house and a business while settling two children following a big move- one word, overwhelming. I had good intentions that I would share the journey of our renovation every step of the way. That was before I felt pulled in too many directions-a thing called life. I had to make the decision to focus on my family and our future home and focus less on computer work or re-starting my design business. No, I didn’t stop sharing completely but I chose to utilize Instagram (@JulieMInteriors) more and more–which I love.  Designing our home was a labor of love and the final result is something we are very proud of.

It’s a New Year and I’m pushing forward with drive and determination. I am empowered and want to empower others.

The renovation process and the after shots will be shared as well as the honest obstacles and not so fun aspects of doing a big project. The Simply Savvy blog will continue to include design inspirations, tips, behind the scene moments, and so much more.

Through it all we spent a lot of time enjoying this!

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This is just one space that I’ll be sharing…

 

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My design services are changing on my website. Please be patient with me while I accomplish the not-so-fun task of updating my web pages. Email me for service inquiries Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com. I’d love to help you Love the Space You’re In!

 

 

 

 

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Kitchens and Bathrooms: Design Details

Kitchens and bathrooms are the most important design decisions you will make when you build or renovate a home. These fixed elements can define much of your trim/woodwork color throughout your space. It is imperative that you decide on these spaces in the early stages of your project. Custom cabinetry takes time (in our case 10 weeks) and needs to be designed and ordered early on.

I’ve decided on a white kitchen and a white master bath. White is timeless, classic, fresh, and soothing and will flow well with the adjoining rooms.

First, here’s a reminder of the previous kitchen. Isn’t it FANTASTIC! We’ve removed walls and now have a large kitchen, walk-in pantry, breakfast nook and desk area that is all open to the family room. So exciting. (These BEFORE pictures were taken by the local super talented Photographer Christina Wedge)

 

BEFORE: Julie Montgomery Interiors

BEFORE: Julie Montgomery Interiors

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BEFORE: Julie Montgomery Interiors

BEFORE: Julie Montgomery Interiors

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I’m now deciding on the perfect white for the marble bathroom as well as the cabinet white and countertop options for the kitchen- marble yes or marble no?? A lot is happening as you can see. Be sure to keep following here and on Instagram @JulieMInteriors #followmyrenovation.

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Design and Renovate: A Serene Study

Design and renovate your small space without overthinking decorating ‘rules’.  A space that is already small is an opportunity! I can’t make the space bigger but I can make it scrumptious and cozy. The home we are renovating has a formal living room that we  made smaller in order to increase the master closet (girl needs a closet!).

I’m considering a deep navy space with white trim and white ceiling.

 

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Thoughts? Would you surround yourself in blue?

I’d love to help you in your space! Email Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com for inquiries.

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